Exclusive: Conrad Cummings discusses December return, backs Saunders to defeat Lemieux

Joe Hewlett 25/11/2017

Conrad Cummings

Conrad Cummings will end his eight-month hiatus next month as he prepares to get back into world title contention at the Devenish Complex in Belfast.

The Irishman (11-1-1) is awaiting confirmation of his opponent but has vowed to make a statement of intent before targeting titles in the new year.

He exclusively told World Boxing News: “I’ve had a lot of highs and lows, it’ll be nice to return to the ring, shake off a few cobwebs and get rid of some ring rust. It’s been a fun training camp and I’ve been around a great bunch of people, next week will be a new chapter in my career.

“I don’t have any names in mind next year, but I want to win titles, whether that’d be winning the British title or Intercontinental title, any opportunities that come my way I’ll take.

“I suffered a bad defeat last year, the only defeat of my career which I thought I had won, it was a bad decision by the judges, but I came back and won the European title.

Adamantly, he continued: “Next year is going to be my year for sure.”

The 26-year-old would relish a domestic dust-up with fellow Brit Billy Joe Saunders if the Londoner is to come through his Canadian test.

Cummings believes if Saunders turns up on form then it’ll be too much for David Lemieux.

He told WBN: “Lemieux is a dangerous puncher, but I think if the best Saunders turns up on his game then he’ll beat him.

“The only problem is, the last few performances haven’t been as good as they have been in the past. But, listen, I wish him all the best, he’s a nice guy, he’s always supported me and is a Brit – I’ll be rooting for him to win.

“And would I like to fight him? Of course, I would, it’s my dream to become world champion.”

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95